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The Teleios Ring,
This review is from: The Teleios Ring (Paperback)
As someone who is always on the look-out for a new approach to thriller writing, I can recommend "the Teleios Ring"
Inevitably, as you might expect from any first novel, there is a degree of rawness in the narrative which happily in this case is refreshing, readable and moves along at a sharp pace. The dialogue in particular has to be on it's toes in order to keep up with a plot that has more twists and turns and red-herrings than a coalition government.
The character profiles in several cases could be more finely drawn but there are lots of gems, some rough, some highly polished. There is no ubiquitous sleuth thereby allowing the characters to be highly interactive and to bounce off one another both mentally and physically. There are no shrinking violets either and one of the three main protagonists in particular scared the socks off me.
I would say that there has been extensive research, if only by virtue of the frequent factual implants, entirely complementary to what is happening, punctuating the story line. I enjoyed also the tendency of the writer to indulge in some brief, entertaining but obviously personal hang-ups touching on everyday life,which add value to the ever-present tension.
If I do have some bias it's probably because I live in Kent and was able to soak up the authentic atmosphere.
However the settings are much wider and the topical and quite tricky issues at stake didn't let me relax in my comfort zone for too long!
So if you appreciate a new approach, take the plunge into a whirlpool of politics, intrigue and good old fashioned police work.
Adam Loxley has written a hefty book which is not for the faint hearted. It had me guessing right to the end.